9 Things to Do On a Rainy Day in Kuala Lumpur

Heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur  | © John Ragal/Flickr
Heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur | © John Ragal/Flickr
Photo of Lu Yin Wai
21 September 2017

Malaysia has frequent rain showers that might affect your plans to do outdoor activities. Don’t worry though as there are plenty of things to do with a roof over your head during the downpours. Here are some of the best activities to do to keep you warm and dry on rainy days in Kuala Lumpur.

Café hopping

The Kuala Lumpur cafe scene is popular among foodies and coffee lovers. Chill out in a cozy cafe when it is raining heavily outside. We recommend Merchant’s Lane for delicious brunches and desserts including “Better than Sex” (a pandan roti jala served with two scoops of salted caramel ice cream drizzled with gula Melaka sauce). If you are in the mood for good coffee, visit Piu Piu Piu. The barista, Unagi, will suggest selected coffee beans for your coffee. Don’t forget to ask for homemade Lemon Sour.

Shopping for souvenirs

Take cover and enjoy some retail therapy, shop for souvenirs which you can take back home for yourselves, friends, and family. The shopping malls we recommend to browse through are Suria KLCC and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. There is a walkway (takes about 30 minutes) in between these two shopping malls. Shop for handicrafts at Central Market, a 10 minute walk away from Pasar Seni MRT and LRT station.

Central Market, Kuala Lumpur | © Khalzuri Yazid / Flickr

Visit art galleries and museums

Explore art, history, and architecture in Kuala Lumpur’s art galleries and museums. You will gain in-depth knowledge about Malaysia’s culture and heritage. Visit eye-opening exhibitions and amazing architecture at Ilham Gallery, MAP @ Publika, Petronas Gallery, National Museum of Malaysia, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, and Zhongshan Building.

The inverted dome inside the Islamic Arts Museum | © shafraz.nasser / Flickr

Window shopping at art & lifestyle stores

Discover art, stationery, magazines, and home décor at Kuala Lumpur’s art & lifestyle stores. These places will take you away from crowded places and out of the rain to let you browse. We recommend visiting Snackfood and Cziplee in Bangsar. Snackfood is a great place, full of an array of items, from scented candles to diverse books & magazines. You might also have the chance to try short sessions organized by local artisans and meet their cat, Blackjack, who is Snackfood’s mascot. Cziplee invites you to search through various art materials and stationery on its many floors and shelves.

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Local food hunting

Savouring diverse local delicacies is a must for traveling in Malaysia. It is wonderful to indulge in warm and delicious Malaysian food on rainy days. Enjoy mouth-watering street food in Jalan Alor where there is a wide range of restaurants serving seafood and stir-fried dishes. Get yourself comfy at the Old China Café in Chinatown which serves Nyonya cuisine. Try spicy Indian food, such as roti canai (Malaysian style flatbread) with curry, curry with rice, and banana leaf rice, at Sri Nirwana Maju, Restoran Sin Hiap Kee, and Devi’s Corner.

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur | © Phuket@photographer.net / Flickr

Get creative

Learn a new skill by creating your own personalized art pieces. Your artworks will be your souvenirs to take home. Take part in batik painting, wood carving, weaving, and other handicrafts activities guided by local professionals at the National Craft Complex. Have your first hands-on experience at The Craft Crowd where you learn various arts and crafts taught by local artisans, including watercolor painting, soap making, leathercraft, brush calligraphy, and others. Make your bookings for classes in advance as they get booked up really quickly.

Embroidery demonstration at National Craft Complex | © Shubert Ciencia / Flickr

Watch live music performances

Enjoy your rainy evenings by watching live music performances. Chill out with your friends while listening to local music and enjoying a drink. Listen to cool and funky jazz at Le Noir and No Black Tie. Belt out some classic rock music, contemporary EDM, and sentimental tunes at The Bee in Publika. If you happen to be in town at the right time, live performances are held at annual music & multicultural festivals and popular hotspots in Kuala Lumpur, join in the fun and dance the night away.

Explore local bookstores

Getting cosy with a good book on a rainy day should not be underestimated. Local bookstores in Kuala Lumpur are the perfect place for some ‘me’ time and discovering international and Malaysian literature. Discover classic literature at Tintabudi Bookshop. Search for the hidden gems of second-hand books at Junk Book Store. Visit Silverfish Books and Projek Rabak Gallery for an introduction to Malaysian literature.

Escape from Breakout Malaysia

Test your problem-solving skills and teamwork with your friends at Breakout Malaysia. They are located at Nu Sentral and Avenue K with different kinds of rooms to choose from. Each room has its own storyline, characters, and puzzles to solve in order to escape within an hour. Add in the thrill and excitement of solving the puzzles and following the clues as a team to escape the room together. It is a great brain workout and team bonding activity.

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